Nyemaster Goode West Hansell & O’Brien, P.C.
700 Walnut Street
Suite 1600
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 515 283 3100

Firm Profile
Founded in 1918, Nyemaster, Goode, West, Hansell & O’Brien, P.C. is the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Iowa. With offices in Des Moines, Ames and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the firm provides a wide range of legal services to clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to individuals and small businesses. The firm is dedicated to giving its clients high quality, valuable legal services in a prompt, efficient manner. Firm attorneys regularly participate in leadership roles with local, state and national bar associations and other professional groups, and with civic, community and charitable organizations within the greater Des Moines and Ames metropolitan areas. The firm engages in civil practice including Corporate; Securities; Antitrust; Insurance; Banking; Commercial Law; Probate; Real Estate; Taxation; Workers Compensation; Municipal; Legislative; Labor; Administrative Law; Environmental Law and Trial and Appellate practice in all courts.

Practice Areas
Business, Finance, & Real Estate
Government Affairs

Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment

Tax, Estate Planning, & Employee Benefits

October 2020: Nyemaster Goode (Iowa) attorney and Army Lieutenant Colonel Kristina Stanger has assumed command of the 109th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, which was marked by formal ceremony on August 29, 2020 in Iowa City, Iowa. Stanger is a shareholder in the firm and a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney based in Des Moines. Also, attorney Kevin Patrick has been appointed to the City of Des Moines’ newly created Community Policing and Code Enforcement Policy and Practice Review Committee. The Committee was created as part of the Racial Profiling Ordinance passed by the Des Moines City Council in June.

November 2019: The 2020 edition of litigation guide Benchmark Litigation has named 13 attorneys from Iowa member firm Nyemaster Goode to its 2020 list of Benchmark litigation “stars.” Benchmark Litigation’s list of “local litigation stars” for each state recognizes attorneys who have consistently been recommended by clients and peers as reputable and effective litigators. Kevin Collins, Hayward Draper, Frank Harty, Harty, Jeffrey Harty, Debra Hulett, Glenn Johnson, Ben Roach, Richard Sapp, Michael Thrall and Angel West were recognized as “local litigation stars” in Iowa. Messrs. Harty and Johnson and Ms. Johnson were also named “labor and employment stars,” as were Katie Graham and Frances Hass. In addition, Ms. Graham and Ms. Haas were named “future stars” in Iowa, as was Kristina Stanger. Ms. West also was named one of Benchmark Litigation’s “top 250 women in litigation” for the eighth consecutive year. Benchmark Litigation singled her out for her work in general commercial, product liability and securities litigation. Finally, the firm itself was ranked as one of only three “highly recommended” law firms in Iowa for litigation.

July 2019: Willard “Bill” Boyd of Iowa member firm Nyemaster Goode has been elected president of the Iowa State Bar Association. ISBA is the oldest voluntary state bar association in the United States, representing approximately 8,000 lawyers in Iowa’s 99 counties and beyond. Mr. Boyd has been a member of ISBA’s board of governors since 2014 and is a past chair of its business law and trade regulation sections. He focuses his practice on corporate law, regulatory law, and commercial law and represents clients in the financial services, insurance, healthcare, and nonprofit sectors. A frequent speaker on corporate governance, privacy, and business entity issues, he is the editor of two books on nonprofit law and governance published by the American Bar Association. Mr. Boyd is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.

January 2019: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed Iowa member firm Nyemaster Goode attorney Kathleen Law to Iowa’s state judicial nominating commission. Ms. Law will help evaluate nominees for appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court for the vacancy that arose following Justice Daryl Hecht’s recent resignation. Ms. Law is a member of the firm’s business, finance, and real estate department and practices in the area of real estate law. She is a graduate of Drake University Law School.

November 2018: Kristina Stanger of Iowa member firm Nyemaster Goode has been named one of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s 2018 “40 Under 40” Emerging Leaders in the field of insolvency.  ABI’s annual 40 Under 40 program recognizes insolvency professionals committed to the highest standards of achievement at work and in their communities. The 2018 list of 40 was selected from more than 200 nominees. Ms. Stanger is the only Iowa attorney to have received this recognition. An experienced commercial litigator, with a practice focused on creditor rights and bankruptcy, she appears in both federal and state courts for secured and unsecured creditors in commercial and contract claims, preference actions, business disputes, property damage, construction and real estate litigation. In addition to being a lawyer, Ms. Stanger is also a combat-experienced lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. She is a graduate of Drake University Law School. Also at Nyemaster Goode, Frank Harty has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. During his career, Mr. Harty has tried nearly 100 cases to verdict. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Mr. Harty is a graduate of Drake University Law School.

September 2018: Angel West of Iowa member firm Nyemaster Goode has been named one of the 2018 Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation, publisher of a litigation-focused legal guide that evaluates leading law firms and attorneys nationwide. The only Iowa attorney named to the list, Ms. West is making her seventh consecutive appearance on the annual compilation. She has more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer, defending individuals and corporations in business torts, products liability, contract and other commercial disputes. Benchmark Litigation cited her work in general commercial, product liability and securities litigation when including her on the list.

February 2018: Iowa member firm Nyemaster Goode is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. J.L. Parrish, Sr., and M.H. Cohen founded the firm as Parrish & Cohen on March 1, 1918. An influential business and commercial lawyer, Mr. Parrish represented Northwestern Bell, whose numerous and diverse matters provided the foundation on which the firm ultimately built its robust business focus. Over time, the firm’s name underwent several changes until, in 1935, Ray Nyemaster, who would become the eponym of the present-day firm, joined the partnership. Nyemaster Goode today employs 165 professionals, including 93 attorneys, and has offices in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Ames.